Miriam is a harami, an illegitimate child, who is forced to marry Rasheed when she is only fifteen. Laila is a strong independent young woman who is planning on studying at university when, some years later, she too catches the eye of Rasheed and becomes his second wife.
The story describes how these two women come to depend on and love each other as they unite against Rasheed, who is an abusive and uncaring husband. Heartbreaking and moving, Khaled Hosseini’s second novel is just as good, if not better, than his first, The Kite Runner.
By: Calvin Scholtz, Wordsworth Longbeach